Final update September 1, 2020
111 W. Bessemer Street
The Baxter and Gertrude Sellars House
- 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,541 square feet, 0.31 acre
- Price/square foot: $266
- Built in 1932
- Listed August 20, 2021
- Last sale: $400,000, April 2004
- Note: Designed by Charles C. Hartmann
- The original owners were Baxter Scales Sellars (1888-1959) and his wife, Gertrude Frazier Sellars (1889-1959). Baxter was vice president of the Greene Street Drug Company and a department manager for Cone Export & Commission Company. They bought the house in 1932 and lived there until they died in 1959. For several years they spent the winter in Fort Lauderdale; Gertrude was active with the West Palm Beach Garden Club. They died in Fort Lauderdale on the same day, tragically (but also a bit romantically).
212 E. Bessemer Avenue
listing withdrawn December 27, 2019; relisted May 1, 2021
contract pending June 25, 2021
- Duplex, total of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,163 square feet
- Price/square foot: $245
- Built in 1917
- Listed March 12, 2019
- Last sale: $105,000, November 2018
- Note: The house has been a duplex since at least 1926.
- The house was owned for 60 years, from 1958 to 2018, by Robert Chumbley McCaskey (1927-2018), a draftsman and salesman for Thompson Dental.
- District NRHP nomination: “Gable-end bungalow with engaged porch, triangular knee-braces, front bay, gabled front dormer.”
713 Simpson Street
contract pending August 14, 2021
- $448,000 (originally $455,000)
- 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,442 square feet
- Price/square foot: $183
- Built in 1938 (per county) or, more likely, earlier
- Listed June 14, 2021
- Last sale: $300,000, May 2013
- Note: Not owner-occupied
- Pharmacist William B. Lyon bought the property in 1922. The address appeared in the city directory for the first time in 1923, when it was listed as vacant. In 1924 Lyon and his wife, Alice C. Lyon, were listed as residents. They sold the house in December 1924 to Minnie and Cornelius Mebane, who lived next door at 711 Simpson. They rented 713 out until selling it in 1935. A succession of later owners continued to use it as a rental property. It had been converted into a duplex by 1962.
- The 1938 date in the county records is either an error or a previous house stood on the property before this one was built in 1938. The design of the house is more typical of the early 1920s than the late ’30s.
921 N. Eugene Street
The Julius and Lila Smith House
listing withdrawn July 26, 2021; relisted August 3, 2021
contract pending August 24, 2021
- $285,000 (originally $325,000)
- 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 1,601 square feet
- Price/square foot: $178
- Built in 1928
- Listed June 17, 2021
- Last sale: $212,500, July 2013
- Note: The property first appeared in the city directory in 1923 with the Smiths as residents. They owned the property from 1923 to 1938. Julius Clarence Smith (1889-1968) was a partner in the law firm of Brooks, Hines & Smith. He was originally from Greenville County, S.C. Lila Keith Smith (1890-1954) was a native of Wilmington. Their son, Julius Clarence Smith III (1922-2002) also was a lawyer. He retired as a senior partner with the Smith, Moore firm, now the local office of Fox Rothschild.
820 Wharton Street
contract pending August 2, 2021
- 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,446 square feet (per county)
- Price/square foot: $165
- Built in 1925
- Listed July 30, 2021
- Last sale: $121,000, November 2009
- Note: The house is in the National Register district for Fisher Park, but the local historic district doesn’t include Wharton Street. The address first appears in the city directory in 1923 with Walter and Margaret Lashley as occupants. Walter was an agent for Metropolitan Life Insurance.
- After several changes of ownership, George Deeb Gabriel Sr. bought the house in 1944. He lived on Cypress Street in Dunleath and rented the house out. Gabriel (1916-1988) was the owner of Gabriel Food Center. His heirs sold the house in 1990.
208 Leftwich Street
contract pending August 16, 2021
- Originally a single-family residence, divided into two units with a third in a detached guest house. All have two bedrooms; no numbers of bathrooms are specified. County records appear to show 3,277 square feet in the house and 919 square feet in the guest house.
- Price/square foot: $107
- Built in 1938
- Listed July 1, 2021
- Last sale: $132,500, January 1998
- Listing: No central air conditioning
- “Unit 1 and 2 can be de converted and turned into a single family home.”